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Our Projects

GB Freestyle 2020 annual report

See how our projects and GB Freestyle progressed during 2020 in our annual report.


GB Freestyle Academy

Please download our easy to complete application form. Completed forms should be emailed to:


All applicants will receive an initial email to confirm receipt and a further email on status. All shortlisted applicants will receive a signed letter from the GB Freestyle Committee Chairman and Performance Director recognising their commitment to their local club/group’s programme/activities.


Due to the nature of the programme we can only accept two applications from each club, group or centre. Successful applications have two weeks to confirm their places on the programme. Unconfirmed places will be automatically offered to candidates on the shortlist.

Training Porgrams

GB Academy, Team & Squad Training Programmes 2020

Today GB Freestyle is synonymous with great coaching and athletes; known for breaking boundaries and realising potential. With such an impressive track record, the key is to not just maintain, but continue to grow the level of performance and encourage future generations of freestyle paddlers. 

Our aim is to provide an opportunity for all to benefit from our training programmes - athletes, parents, voluntary staff are the core of what we call Team GB. 


As we look towards the World Championships in 2021 and beyond, the newly established GB Academy, and evolving Squad and Team training programmes set out to continue to promote freestyle culture and lifestyle, whilst inspiring, and providing athletes with the skills they need to perform at their best at international competitions.


I would like to thank all the athletes for their valuable feedback and the contributions from our voluntary coaches and sports science team.


On behalf of Team GB we wish you all an enjoyable festive season and a very happy new year. 


Dennis Newton

Performance Director - GB Freestyle Kayaking


High Performance Coach CPDP

GB Freestyle are looking to train voluntary high-performance coaches to deliver our GB Academy, Squad and Team programmes.

We’re delighted to announce the launch of the GB Freestyle High Performance Coach CPD programme. This programme aims to develop and sustain a high standard of national freestyle coaches and increase freestyle coaching knowledge within the paddlesport community.

For more information check out the promotional PDF, to apply also find the application form.

4 Year Plan

GB Freestyles 4 Year Plan - 22 to 26

The GB Freestyle Committee are delighted to present Future of Freestyle – the new 4 year strategic plan for Freestyle Canoeing and Kayaking in Great Britain.


Future of Freestyle presents the aims and objectives of GB Freestyle over the next 4 years. Many of these directly support the ambitions of British Canoeing as presented in the Stronger Together Document. Others

are freestyle specific objectives.

Freestyle in Great Britain is in a very exciting place currently. We have many of the World’s top athletes, growing national competitions and the honour of hosting the 2021 World Freestyle Championships.

The 4 year plan has been broken down to an overall aim for GB Freestyle and 8 objectives that must be achieved to reach this aim. Key performance indicators are there to track the progress towards these objectives and action plans on how to achieve the objectives are also presented.

This strategy document is the blueprint, for our sports evolution over the next 4 years. Its not a huge amount of time, yet if we get this right the plan will have a much longer lasting positive impact on the future of our sport. Of course a plan is only useful if it is carried out and what needs to follow is passionate support from the Freestyle Community and British Canoeing.

Inspirers Project

The Inspirers Project

Are you passionate about paddling? 


Do you enjoy giving encouragement to others and sharing your experiences? 
Would you like to be a part of a movement inspiring more people into Freestyle? 
If you are positive, active and enthusiastic we want to hear from you!

We want to encourage and support more people to take part in freestyle kayaking and inspire a future generation of freestyle paddlers. After initial training, Inspirers will be expected to volunteer 6 days per year, visiting clubs and events and offering freestyle taster sessions and general support.

More details can be found in the candidate pack below.

Apply here

If you have any questions please email
The closing date for applications is Friday 14th December 2018. 

Dev Pathway

The Development Pathway

GB Freestyle are delighted to present the Development Pathway. The Pathway aims to grow a culture of living excellence, providing an environment to develop and perform at your best. It is our vision to increase participation at a grass roots level and achieve greater success at a higher level; supported by improved freestyle coaching capability at all levels. It’s a truly exciting time to get involved in freestyle, with lots of opportunities such as the ‘Inspirers’ and much, much more…

None of this would be possible without the skills and enthusiasm of the freestyle community; respecting those who laid the foundations, whilst reaching out to those who are willing to join our invaluable team of volunteers and play an integral part in building an ever brighter future for the sport throughout the UK.

Our community is integral to our sport’s success and the creation of a sustainable, successful future for our amazing sport. We will keep you posted on developments here and on our website, in the meantime Click the link for more info, and please share with all your friends…

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